Who are your top 5 influences? I was exposed to some great music as a child. Soul Music grabbed me at a young age. Everything Motown!! Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell duets are still some of my favorite tracks. I think that taught me the importance of melody and a strong hook to carry a song. One of my 1st favorite songs was “Born in the USA” by Bruce Springstein. That album had the most epic drums. I think I chase that sound in production. The kick drums really carry the songs. As far as Hip Hop is concerned, the G-Funk era had a huge impact on me. Growing up on the Westcoast I was completely inspired by the melodic hooks and bass driven songs produced by Dr. Dre, DJ Pooh, and Daz Dillinger. Artists like NWA, Dre, Snoop, Tha Dogg Pound, and of course 2Pac were my soundtrack growing up. This was the height of the East Coast v West Coast beef and even though I loved Biggie, Wu-Tang, Nas, and Mobb Deep, it felt like I had to choose sides. So, I did. It was interesting then to move to Texas and become a part of Texas Rap. Groups like UGK, Swisha House, and DJ Screw all meant so much to the Hip Hop community in Texas that it was only a matter of time before they became influences of mine. I’ve been lucky enough to play shows all over Texas with some of these Legends. My influences come from all over. I think they are connected through strong melodies and hook driven songs. You have to make music, not just rap.
When are your new projects coming out? My current project is all happening now!! I am fully focused on my YouTube channel, Intro To Hip Hop. I’m helping beginners learn to produce, record, mix, master and market their music. The inspiration comes from my own life. I was a rapper. Just a rapper. I never touched the computer, made beats, any of it. I had a team for that. But things changed and suddenly I didn’t have a supply of beats, or a studio, or an engineer. So, I bought a computer and started making beats. I started recording songs. I gained the ability to do everything on my own. I want to help other aspiring artists gain this freedom as well. It’s been life changing. Anyone can visit http://www.introtohiphop.com to subscribe and join the family. As for music, I am putting new songs on all the streaming sites every day. I am playing around with some album ideas. You can expect something in 2018 for sure. In addition, I will put a bunch of singles out that won’t be on an album. You can check your favorite site for those now. My next album is important to me because it will be done almost entirely by me. I feel like a lot is riding on it. I am going to make it worth it and enjoy the experience.
What helped you get into music? 2 random experiences got me into rap. I was into poetry in high-school. I was involved in some beef with other kids in the neighborhood. We were looking out for each other at every party. Anywhere I went I had to worry about getting jumped, I had to roll with my whole team for protection. It was really stressful. I just wound up writing this poem about it all. Wanting to catch them slipping, hating the stress, the fear, all of it. It came out so much like a rap I wound up putting it to a beat. That experience made me realize that I could rap. I just never stopped. The 2nd experience was after moving to Austin. I was actually stuck at the airport and needed a ride. I called a guy’s house I bought weed off and his roommate answered. He offered to come scoop me from the Airport. On the ride home, he was talking about music school and ProTools and making music. I told him I rapped, and he offered to record a song. I did about 3 freestyles and he really liked them. We wound up making my 1st album in that room over the next few months. After that I never stopped putting out music, touring, promoting shows, etc.
What is the one thing that you would tell your fans? I would tell them that they are extremely important. That they were born to change the world. I would tell them that we NEED them to do amazing things. I think people lose that. People start to think that changing the world is someone else’s responsibility. It’s not. Its literally your responsibility to make society better, to make politics better, to make the police, to make better music. Don’t complain about it. Go be the change you want to see. You have unimaginable power. Use it!!
What are your biggest goals? Honestly, my main motivation is to be a great father and husband. It’s definitely not fame. I wouldn’t mind the money that comes with fame, but not the fame. I want to expose my kids to making music at a young age, so they carry the torch. I have 3 boys so at least one of them is going to be into music. If not all 3. Musically, I just want to leave a catalog behind that I am proud of. I always say, this is the greatest time to be alive that there has ever been. This is just one more example. I can put music on the web that will last forever. As long as the grid stays on, my music, videos, and artwork will last forever. So, I want to make it worth it.
Check me out at:
Intro To Hip Hop – YouTube
@introtohiphop – twitter
@introtohiphop512 – Instagram
http://www.soundcloud.com/zack-ingraham – SoundCloud